Key Takeaways


  • Natural lands are an asset to a community. Strong communities balance important economic development with the protection of natural lands, working farms and ranches and open space.
  • Clear-cutting trees to create a subdivision is less profitable for developers than working around the trees to maximize property value, scenic views, privacy, and trail systems using conservation subdivision design.
  • New residential development is normally a net loss to communities. Subdivisions require more in services than they pay in taxes.
  • Selling your land for development is not your only option if you are a landowner. Preserving your land through a land conservancy, or using tools such as limited development or conservation subdivision design are other choices.


“Plans to protect air and water, wilderness and wildlife are in fact plans to protect man.”
-Stewart Udall

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”
-Albert Einstein